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Symantec Earns Triple Honors on PC Magazine's Best of 2003 List.

Business Editors/High-Tech Writers

CUPERTINO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 28, 2004

Top Utilities Designation Awarded to Three-Time Winner Norton

Internet Security, Norton AntiVirus, and Symantec's PartitionMagic

Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq:SYMC), the world leader in Internet security, today announced that Norton Internet Security 2004, Norton AntiVirus 2004, and PartitionMagic 8.0 were named to PC Magazine's prestigious Best of 2003 list. This win marks the third consecutive year that Norton Internet Security has earned the exclusive designation and follows Symantec's most recent round of PC Magazine Editors' Choice Award wins, which included perfect five-star ratings for Norton Internet Security and Norton AntiVirus.

"We are pleased to see of one the world's leading computing publications continue to highlight the importance of protecting personal computers through effective personal security and utilities software," said Matthew Moynahan, vice president of Product Management, Client and Host Security, at Symantec. "By singling out Norton Internet Security, Norton AntiVirus, and PartitionMagic as three of the best products of the year, PC Magazine is helping guide consumers toward the tools that can keep them safe from today's viruses, security threats and identity theft, as well as ease system administration."

PC Magazine's Best of 2003 represents the top products and services tested and evaluated by PC Magazine Labs during the past 12 months. After reviewing hundreds of offerings during the year, editors selected only the best solutions to make up the publication's coveted annual shortlist of top products. Norton Internet Security, Norton AntiVirus, and PartitionMagic were three of only 13 products to be included in the category of Best Utilities for 2003.

"With Norton Internet Security 2004, all your bases are covered," editors wrote. "Norton Internet Security 2004 supplements Norton AntiVirus, the best around, with the excellent Norton Personal Firewall, which now includes ad blocking and privacy controls." Norton Internet Security 2004 is the easiest and most complete online security and privacy suite to protect against viruses and other malicious code, hackers, spam, privacy threats, and inappropriate Internet content. It includes Norton AntiVirus, Norton Personal Firewall, Norton Intrusion Detection, Norton AntiSpam, Norton Privacy Control, and Norton Parental Control.

"Not looking for a firewall? You still need to protect yourself from viruses, and Norton AntiVirus 2004 is the best solution," editors continued. Norton AntiVirus 2004 is the world's most trusted antivirus solution for home computer users. It not only removes malicious code automatically and protects email messages and instant messaging attachments from viruses but also protects users against emerging non-virus threats such as spyware and keystroke loggers. In addition, Norton AntiVirus protects users of file-exchange services by scanning for viruses in compressed file archives. Also included in Norton AntiVirus are worm- and script-blocking technologies that detect new threats even before virus definitions are created for them. Additionally, to ensure that virus definitions are up-to-date, Norton AntiVirus automatically downloads them whenever the user is online.

"With today's supersize hard drives, it's hard to imagine life without PartitionMagic 8.0," editors wrote. "Using this application, you can easily create, copy, resize, and modify drive partitions -- without losing any data. And it offers several tools you won't find in competing products." Symantec acquired PartitionMagic through the company's recent acquisition of PowerQuest Corp.

About Symantec

Symantec, the world leader in Internet security technology, provides a broad range of content and network security software and appliance solutions to individuals, enterprises and service providers. The company is a leading provider of client, gateway and server security solutions for virus protection, firewall and virtual private network, vulnerability management, intrusion detection, Internet content and email filtering, remote management technologies and security services to enterprises and service providers around the world. Symantec's Norton brand of consumer security products is a leader in worldwide retail sales and industry awards. Headquartered in Cupertino, Calif., Symantec has worldwide operations in 36 countries. For more information, please visit www.symantec.com.

Note to Editors: If you would like additional information on Symantec Corporation and its products, please view the Symantec Press Center at http://www.symantec.com/PressCenter/ on Symantec's Web site. All prices noted are in U.S. dollars and are valid only in the United States.

Forward Looking Statement: This press release contains forward-looking statements, including forecasts of future revenue and earnings per share, expected activities, and other financial and business results that involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause our actual results, levels of activity, performance or achievements to differ materially from results expressed or implied by this press release. Such risk factors include, among others: the sustainability of recent growth rates, particularly in consumer products; the anticipation of the growth of certain market segments, particularly enterprise security; the positioning of Symantec's products in those segments; the competitive environment in the software industry; general market conditions, fluctuations in currency exchange rates, changes to operating systems and product strategy by vendors of operating systems; and whether Symantec can successfully develop new products and the degree to which these gain market acceptance. Actual results may differ materially from those contained in the forward-looking statements in this press release. Additional information concerning these and other risk factors is contained in the Risk Factors sections of Symantec's previously filed Form 10-Q for the quarter ended July 4, 2003. Symantec assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking information contained in this press release except as otherwise required by law.

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